Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony led the Women's Suffrage Movement—but there's more to her than that. Watch the video to get all the deets.
|U.S. History||Antebellum Period and Manifest Destiny: 1815–1860|
We often cite Susan B. Anthony for changing this law,
but was it really Susan’s Suffrage?
Anthony’s activism began after the Civil War, when she pointed out the slight hypocrisy
in allowing freed black men to vote... but not women.
She founded the American Equal Rights Association,
and then got arrested for trying to vote in New York in 1872.
She then refused to pay the ordered fine.
Until 1900, she was president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association.
Susan passed away in 1907, never having been granted the right to vote.
What really got the Women’s Suffrage movement going was the Prohibition and Progressive
Era, which embraced purity and avoidance of crime.
Progressive Era politicians realized that women’s votes could benefit their campaigns.
The participation of women in World War I was the final push…
…and the Nineteenth Amendment granting women the right to vote was passed in 1920.
So what are your thoughts?
Was Susan B. Anthony the pivotal figure in the Women’s Suffrage Movement?
Or would women have been granted the right to vote anyways?
Just because it makes good political sense?
Shmoop amongst yourselves.